EU COFUND BIGSSS-departs PhD Program Complete › view all


BIGSSS is happy to announce that its EU COFUND PhD Program BIGSSS-departs (doctoral education in partnerships) is now complete!

19 early-stage researchers from 15 different nations and various disciplines are now on their academic journey in BIGSSS' innovative PhD program in the Social Sciences. The program is generously co-funded by a 1,8 Million € EU-grant in the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

BIGSSS-departs is a full-time PhD program that provides close supervision of dissertation work in a demand-tailored education and research environment at the University of Bremen and Jacobs University. Fellows commit themselves to a 42-month structured curriculum, including a six-month stay abroad at one of the networks’ renowned partner institutions: University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Manipal University, Moscow Higher School of Economics, Sciences Po/Paris, Universitá degli studi di Milano, IIR Kiev, UNC at Chapel Hill, Bertelsmann Foundation and Edna Pasher PhD & Associates/Tel Aviv.

In return, BIGSSS-departs offers PhD students from its partner institutions the opportunity to conduct a visiting research stay at Bremen for up to six months. Reciprocal research stays at the international partner institutions will make an invaluable contribution to the further increase of inter­national mobility, the building of sustainable networks, and the cross-national exchange in the training of promising early-stage researchers. BIGSSS-departs is an international program, with English as teaching and working language. Doctoral researchers were recruited globally and will pursue a dissertation project in one of BIGSSS’ three thematic fields. Admitted fellows of the program receive employment contracts. Funds for fieldwork, conference participation and travel costs are provided.

Find out more about the BIGSSS-departs PhD Program or contact Dr. Christian Peters, our BIGSSS Managing Director.